Friday, 15 December 2017

CSM: Flea-esta Bazaar @ Summit USJ Mall

The last weekend for Christmas shopping so do drop by this Sunday at Summit USJ Mall! Sholee Sphere will be here from 11am to 7pm, near the main entrance and information counter. A variety of ladies accessories and bags plus handmade handicrafts to suit your many palates! Be there or be square!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

MPOV: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Published: June 13, 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Roxane Gay
Genre: Memoir, non-fiction

From the bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself

“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.”

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Firstly, this book was selected by Emma Watson for the month of September/October 2017 reading for her book club, Our Shared Shelf. It was also featured in Our Shared Shelf's giveaway recently where I was one of the lucky winners to have won a copy of this book from HarperCollins. You can read my previous post here:
http://www.sholee.net/2017/10/thank-you-our-shared-shelf.html

To be honest, I was afraid it might not be my cup of tea since it's a memoir. However, after a few pages in, I was hooked and it was 'unputdownable'! Truly a gripping read from the start, though not heavy duty but still engaging in it's own way.

From the first part to the last, I can sense Roxane's angst, fear, regret and more through her body's journey from the time it was triggered, i.e. the rape, until she has finally acknowledged and accepted her situation. It may not be a flowering journey but she has written it with perfect clarity... definitely not an easy feat.

I truly applaud her for her bravery to reveal what has actually happened. To finally writing it down and declaring it to the world. I am at awe that she has finally realised her potential, her dream and being who she is today. Though Roxane hasn't fully gotten her peace of mind, she's blessed to have her family and friends who love her unconditionally.

I will not deny, as a human being, it is natural to quickly jump to conclusion and to judge people. I am guilty of that. After reading this book, it's an eye-opener as I can understand from Roxane's point of view, on how fat people see and think. Many atimes we judged without thinking. So we should think first before we speak or response and never, ever judged others. It's a very bad habit which needed to be culled so it's a learning progression for me now.

I've always believed that everything happens for a reason. And whatever it is, we always have 2 choices so it's up to us to choose either one and proceed with our journey. So this time I'll also add never be judgemental. There are people who had it worst than me so I should count my blessings, be grateful for what I do have and thankful to still be alive! I'm a little low lately so this definitely came at the right timing which touched a chord in me... like a morale booster for me.

The whole book was practically filled with stickies, inspiring quotes etc, hence I'm not sure how to post everything up so instead, am sharing a snippet from the book which I find interesting:
I'm leaving the stickies as it is and it'll be my inspirational reference to go to whenever I'm feeling low... my go to perk-me-up! I am truly glad to have won this book or I would not have ventured into reading it. Thank you Emma Watson and Our Shared Shelf again!!!
Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances - Wayne Dyer

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

What I've learnt from my first handmade market

Last Sunday, I've participated in my first handmade market! It was held at Will You Cafe, 1 Mont Kiara Mall from 10am to 4pm. I was super excited initially but by afternoon I was deflated. Though I've joined many bazaars for my ladies accessories and bags, the environment and expectation is totally different for handmade.

So here's what I've learnt from this handmade market and how I could improvise for the future.

1. I didn't do my research on what, where, which, who, why and how of this market. I only knew it as a Christmas Maker Market 2017 where a few local makers and artisans would assemble to sell their products with a percentage of their sales will go to a charity organisation. That's about it.
Me and my little assistant LOL!
So I've made quite a number of dolls, key chains, coin purses, etc targeting children since it's for charity, thinking that it can be Christmas gifts too. Apparently it was not unique enough so it didn't attract many people. Also, people seemed to buy more products of 'needs' and not 'wants' so I lose out here even though I wasn't as pricey.

Thanks Yiliyuli!
2. After sitting there for half a day, I realised there was no extensive marketing from either the organiser or the mall. The organiser has depended only on the makers to spread the word through social media. Lucky for us, thanks to Yiliyuli (a seasoned maker), the market was featured in Sin Chew newspaper but it wasn't enough. I have observed that most shoppers were either the family, relative or friends of the makers who had dropped by to support. Unfortunately for me, none came to support me hence the dejection I've felt. I don't blame them as the location is in a way quite far from Subang area where most of my friends are located.

Also, it seemed the mall wasn't even aware of such market happening as no banners nor buntings and not even a Facebook post to inform their shoppers. Such advertising would have helped for sure to create more awareness. I definitely did not see many mall shoppers coming through and even if they did, they quickly exited down the escalator which was truly sad.

3. The location itself, Will You Cafe which is at the top floor, has transparent ceiling where hot sun shines through with extensive heat and warmth. This itself did divert some shoppers away as it was really hot and most preferred to stay below levels with cool air-conditioning. Though there were a few blowers but it wasn't enough to cool down the vast area.

Mind you, these are just my own observation and opinion since I was free, no customers mah so no offence here ya. Please take it positively... I'm just thinking of the future markets that I would come across and how I could improvise. Though I've invested in my time, petrol and parking for that day, I am thankful for the opportunity given which is my learning experience :-)

Some thoughts on what I should have done differently:
1. Branding of Susan Stitch Stuff - still work in progress

2. Market niche - moving towards my own design of tab and book sleeves, mobile, tab and book covers, coin purses, totes, etc

3. Workshop - still work in progress but I sure hope to kick-start a crochet bookmark session soon. I noticed having a workshop for such market does helped to boost the crowd

4. More prepared with extensive research of the market(s) before committing regardless free or chargeable

5. To be honest, I've made some new maker friends which have given me insights and ideas which I've gladly absorbed, hopefully I could churn it out and succeed in the near future! So it's good to mingle and exchange name cards more!

My utmost THANKS to the
- host, Will You Cafe
- organiser, Mindspace
- person-in-charge, Denise Khoo
- Handmade In Malaysia founder, San Evelyn
who have made this Christmas Maker Market 2017 happened!!!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Day 3: Hong Kong - Repulse Bay

So... day 3 in Hong Kong! I have decided to split it according to location due to the many photos in order not to overload it.

Today was the day we had sis' best friend and family bringing us around some famous locations like a tour guide. It was fun and entertaining, learning many new stuffs and less tiring as we have transport! So our destinations for the day were Repulse Bay, Stanley's Market, The Peak and Sham Shui Po (Apliu Flea Market) which were hard to go by if we had depended on public transport. Thank you so much Lydia and family!!!

But first and foremost, the obligatory breakfast photo LOL! This shop was near our hotel so might as well lah before meeting Lydia and family... Tim Ho Wah Restaurant with the typical Hong Kong 'char chan teng' feel!


First stop: Repulse Bay
I loved the serene, peaceful and clean beach with fresh air! Felt totally at peace and enjoyed the sea breeze here. A small cove with warm sand and a very neat beach. So I'll let the photos speak for itself...
There's a wedding nearby!







Next stop: Stanley's Market and lunch

Friday, 8 December 2017

CSM: Susan Stitch Stuff @ Christmas Maker Market 2017

This is a big step for Susan Stitch Stuff, in fact, it's the first!!! We are participating in a handmade market this coming Sunday at 1 Mont Kiara Mall so please do drop by ya... there will be many local talents too at this bazaar!

If you are looking for handmade handicrafts as Christmas gifts then look no further. This Christmas Maker Market 2017 will be filled with many local handmade artisans and unique handicrafts to suit the various palates! Also, there are many workshops available, please see below, so you can make one or two by yourself! Hopefully something creative catches your fancy! Be there or be square!
List of workshops and vendors
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1972262196374488/
Venue: Will You Cafe, Level 3, 1 Mont Kiara Mall (Parking RM4 per entry on Sundays)
Date: December 10th, 2017
Time: 10am to 4pm

Thursday, 7 December 2017

MPOV: Mune: Guardian of the Moon

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 7.3/10

Initial release: December 6, 2014
Directors: Alexandre Heboyan, Benoit Philippon
Voice casts: Omar Sy, Izia Higelin, Michael Gregorio
Category: A 2014 French 3D children's computer-animated adventure fantasy film

In an imaginary world, a small Sun and Moon were made by the first Guardians to warm up a small planet inhabited by different marvelous people. The Guardians follow generations after generations and preserve the harmony of the world. The people of the day and those of the night live in relative harmony, even though they are very different from each other. But in the depth of the planet, Necross awaits the opportunity to set darkness over the world.

The day is approaching when Sohone, the apprentice of Xolal, Guardian of the Sun and Leeyoon, the apprentice of the Guardian of the Moon will take over from the present Guardians. On the day of their induction, the light of the Sun accepts Sohone as planned. Leeyoon however is avoided by the lunar Ewe that is responsible for choosing the Guardians. The Ewe chooses a Faun named Mune instead. On the following night an upset Leeyoon is visited by pale snakes who stir up his jealousy and advise him to pit Sohone against Mune. Meanwhile, Mune has troubles maneuvering the temple of the Moon correctly: the temple leaves its path and interferes with Sohone. While Sohone leaves his temple to scold Mune, Necross sends his two imps to steal the Sun and bring it to him. Necross makes the Sun die off gradually. Night falls everywhere, and a distressed Mune is banished from his own people.

Mune and Sohone both set out on a quest to find the vanished Sun, accompanied by a young girl named Glim. Thanks to her knowledge in astronomy and the ancient stories of how the world came together, the group is able to pass the Great Blue Hole, a lake under which the great abyss opens that leads to the depths of the world. Mune watches over Glim since she could freeze and break in the cold water. While underwater, the group meets Phospho, an old Guardian of the Moon. He wakes Glim up and leads them to the entrance of the world of darkness, where Necross lives.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

I just love the animation, brilliantly made, so beautiful like wanderlust... the imagination definitely taken to another level! Overall, it was an engaging movie with some twists yet at times a little predictable but entertaining nevertheless. So unique with such imaginary plots, I was immediately taken by it's breathtaking colours! Great to watch with the family for sure!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

MPOV: Restoran The Grand Taj

My rating: 3/5
Location: Lobby E. City Hotel @ One City
Type: Halal

We seldom go to One City unless it's for Pokemon Go LOL! FYI, there are many Pokestops with 2 gyms ya! So this day was no exception! After browsing at the variety of restaurants, we have settled on this as 1) the waiter was persistently promoting and 2) mutton briyani!
Our scrumptious dinner was served!
Taj Mutton Briyani RM 23
Poori RM 5
Green Tea RM 4.50
Teh Tarik RM 4.50
10% Service Charge RM 3.70
Total RM 40.70

The food was not disappointing at all! I just love the poori with the accompanying condiments, it felt like home-cooked, just without those earthen wares. Though the mutton was a little tough, it doesn't have the distinct smell so great for those who prefers 'no smell mutton' LOL! I would have preferred that smell as it would make the dish more flavourable. Even the drinks were on point, nothing less. Overall, it was a yummylicious and fulfilling dinner!

At RM40.70, it may be a little over the top but for the ambience and location, it's fine lah. Definitely a once in a while self-gourmet-indulgence LOL! Also, the service was prompt and efficient with staff very attentive to our every whims and fancy!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

MPOV: Uni-V Skin Care - Jelly Mask

Previously, I've blogged about my experience using the Essence Spray here:
http://www.sholee.net/2017/11/mpov-uni-v-skin-care-essence-spray.html

And now, the final product, Jelly Mask.

A simple, easy to use mask with less hassle, similarly to the old style version of mask where we can just apply it on the skin. After a cleansed and toned skin, with it's light jelly texture, I've evenly spread it on my skin leaving it to dry for 20 mins. And here's the best part, I can remove it or wash it off using the tap's running water easily. No need warm water nor hot towel. Easy peasy, towel dry and then apply the usual moisturisers. I have been using it once every 2 weeks and so far, so good. Lightly fragrant and not overwhelming which helped to feel relax and not nauseating.

The outcome: Though I did not take any photos... well, I was kinda lazy lah... in fact, I keep forgetting LOL! Well, I do it before I sleep so I'm usually half asleep so please excuse my tardiness. Anyway, I do feel that my skin has flourished, doesn't feel as dry and feels more taut... just like those 'toing toing' adverts ya LOL!!! I'm truly happy with how my skin turns out and have been diligently using both the essence and mask which I am loving it so far.

For more details of the products or where to purchase, you can check out their website:
https://www.uni-v.asia/

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